John Hoyland on painting

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“Paintings are there to be experienced … [they] are not to be reasoned with, they are not to be understood, they are to be recognised.” – John Hoyland

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John Hoyland on painting

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“We have refused to look and enjoy abstract relationships, harmonies of colour and form, which we do without question in music. No one surely would ask: “Does music have meaning?” It appeals to the emotions but we don’t attempt to specify those feelings […] So it is with painting.” ~ John Hoyland

John Hoyland on painting

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“I’ve stuck to non-figurative painting because I think it has the greatest potential for metaphysical depth. Painting Paddington out of the window seems turgid to me. I believe painting has to be for life, a positive thing in the joyous sense of Matisse. I hate melodrama. I love the mystery of Miro and Tapies. I love that hint of alchemy.” ~ John Hoyland